Thackwood Cottage wedding….

Welcome to James and Alannah’s beautiful French country themed wedding at Thackwood Cottage, also the place where Alannah grew up. Her delightful parents Murray and Karen have spent many, many hours lovingly designing two acres of English Cottage Gardens which are filled with magical fragrances, hidden pathways and many secrets to discover.

Groom puts his tie on in front of window

James left his home town of Wellington at a young age to pursue his very successful career as a helicopter pilot, he has lived and worked all over the world in Australia, Laos, Canada and New Zealand.

Bestman helps put the tie on the groom

After graduating with a nursing degree, Alannah went over to Melbourne to work, (ironically little did they know at the time that James was also living in Melbourne just down the road from her). From there, Alannah worked in the UK before settling back in NZ.

Groom laughing with his groomsmen as they get dressed

James and Alannah officially met in Wellington five years ago through mutual friends and love blossomed. It’s quite fitting that these same special friends are here today as members of their bridal party to celebrate this day with them.

Bestman puts a helicopter cufflink on the groom

It’s been a busy time for James and Alannah leading up to their wedding. Ten days before they moved from New Plymouth back to their beloved Queenstown, where James has a flying job.

Helicopter cufflinks for the groom

A gift from Alannah to James on their wedding day – very appropriate.

Groom wearing a grey waiste coat with a white shirt

Groom and groomsmen wearing gray vests with white shirts

Meet Matt, Michael (James’ brother), James and bestman Steve. Matt came all the way from Germany to be part of this occasion (I nicknamed him Jim Carey), and Steve came from London. It was so awesome for James to have his best mates here today.

Wedding ceremony at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

After leaving the guys, Daron and I headed to Thackwood Cottage where the girls were getting ready in the private self contained boutique cottage, a very special place tastefully decorated in a French country style and filled with the fragrance of nearby roses.

Wedding photos from Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

Pastal coloured bouquet

Alannah’s bouquet, draped with pearls was just lovely and just the start of pretty things to come.

Bride getting ready at Thackwood Cottage Nelson

Bridesmaide holding a bottle of champaigne

Nothing like a drop of Ouzo to start the day.

Flower girls pink dress

So many cute and gorgeous things to photograph, always puts a smile on my face.

Flower girls little pink shoes

Blue garter with pink wedding roses

Brides pink wedding shoes

Bridesmaides wearing pink dresses

Pretty ladies in pink, my absolute all time favorite colour.

Bridesmaids putting bracelett on the brides wrist

James gifted Alannah a lovely pearl bracelet which certainly put a huge smile on her face.

Bride smiling during pre-ceremony photos

Not only was Alannah a stunning bride but she’s the kindest sweetest person with a very gentle nature, it was easy to see why she chose nursing for her career.

Bride with veil over her face

Brides dress hanging from lights in Thackwood Cottage

Bride holding her beautiful bouquet

Love love love…

Bride smiling for wedding photographer

Bride with her mother and bridesmaids

Blue and white chevy wedding car

This beautiful old 1950 Cadillac convertible fitted in perfectly.

Bride standing next to Chevy wedding car

Bride and bridesmaids riding in Chevolet wedding car

The girls decided to disappear before the guests arrive, so they went for a little joyride.

Wedding car ariives at reception marque at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

Thackwood Cottage Garden

Mr Frog watching over the pond below.

Bride arriving to Thackwood Cottage

Alannah’s very proud father and brother waited for the girls to arrive at the bottom of the driveway. They arrived right on time.

Bridesmaide walking up the isle with page boy

Little people always bring a lot of cuteness to a wedding, this is young Hadley looking super cool with his bow tie and shades.

Flower walks up the isle at Thackwood Cottage

And wee Mia, cute as a button.

Bride walks up the isle with her father at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

Always a great moment when the bride walks up the isle and what a great isle to walk up with all the roses in full bloom.

Groom smiles at her bride as shw walks up the isle

Guests watch the wedding ceremony on the lawn at Thackwood Cottage Nelson

Bride and groom resite their wedding vows at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

Another lovely ceremony by celebrant Rachael Schepers, she does such a great job of making everybody feel welcome and special.

Bestman watches during wedding ceremont at Thackwood Cottage

I don’t think you could ask for a more proud bestman.

Brides smiles at her groom during wedding ceremony

Groom putting the Gold wedding ring on his bride

Wedding ceremony at Thackwood Cottage near Nelson

Bride holds page boys hand

Wedding ceremony


Family congratulate the bride and groom

Special times with special people.

Guests throw their arms up in the air

Daron always seems to get the crowd going, his energy and enthusiasm are contagious.

Guests mingle after wedding ceremony

Glasses ful of chamapigne

While the guests enjoyed champagne and delicious nibbles from Gourmet Catering, we took the newlyweds for a romantic stroll though the gardens.

Bride and groom sitting on a seat in Thackwood Gardens

We found this magic little loveseat where these two couldn’t take their eyes off each other.

Thackwood Cottage wedding location photos

James proposed to Alannah a year ago at Lake Tekapo while they were living in Queenstown. Taking their bikes, they rode around the lake, the lupins were out and the lake was crystal blue. It was the perfect place for a romantic wedding proposal.

Bride with her bridesmaids walking down the grass path at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

The girls and I headed down to the pond to find Daron and the guys.

Groom and groomsmen sitting on a bridge at Thackwood Cottage

It was a very hot day and the water was looking rather inviting.

Bridal party standing on the bride at Thackwood Cottage

Bride smiles back at Nelson Wedding photographer

Bride and groom sitting in a row boat at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

The famous love heart gate.

Bridesmaides in convertable Chevy wedding cars

A very excited bridal party jumped in the wedding cars and we headed for the Nelson Boulder Bank – go girls!

Wedding car driving to The Glenn in Nelson

Daron did the manly thing and lay on the road for this shot, he’s great like that.

Groom has a beer with his groomsmen on Nelson Boulder Bank

Nothing like a nice cold beer with your mates on the wedding day.

Bridesmaids hold the brides dress at the Nelson Boulder Bank

Bride and groom kiss in the long grass at the Nelson Boulder Bank

Bridal party walk together along the Nelson Boulder Bank

The bridal party watch as the newlyweds get intimate in the long grass.

Bride and groom standing on the rocks at the Nelson Boulder Bank

It was just magic down on the rocks with billowing clouds in the distance and waves crashing in. I always feel so lucky to live in such an amazing and scenic part of the world, we have so much beauty surrounding us and sometimes it’s just great to soak it all in.

Dramatic wedding photos from the Nelson Boulder Bank

Love this shot of Darons, I’m sure this is going to be a full page in their photobook which I’m very excited about designing soon.

Back at the reception at Thackwood Cottage we were treated to the yummiest meal catered by John Appleman from The Grape Escape Cafe, followed by some very hilarious speeches.

Bridal table in marque at Thackwood Cottage

Guests laugh during wedding reception

This is such a great time to capture the guests expressions.

Groomsmen laughing during wedding reception

See, told you that Matt looks like Jim Carey (hehe sorry Matt).

Speeches during reception at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

Table settings in marque

For the reception a large marquee had been erected on a peace of land above the gardens with a spectacular sea view in the distance. This land had been specially prepared by Murray and Karen for Alannah’s wedding and I’m sure that it will be used for many more weddings to come.

Bride and grooms wedding rings

Gorgeous detail everywhere and everything looked just so amazing, well done Murray and Karen for making your daughters dream wedding come true.

Wedding cake in Marque at Thackwood Cottage

Guests laughing during wedding speeches

More laughs…

Bride and groom sit on grass at sunset

The light was starting to drop off and as previously planned with James and Alannah, we jumped in the four wheel drive and headed further up the farm to capture a Nelson sunset.

Setset wedding photos from grassy hill top

Dramatic wedding photos as the sun goes down

It was pretty magical up here.

Bride and groom kiss during a Nelson sunset

While I was writing this today, Alannah was speaking with Daron on the phone. She mentioned that the guests came out of the marque and were watching Alannah’s veil flying in the air as the sun went down, they thought that it was very cool and something that you don’t always see at a wedding.

Bride and groom walk during a vibrant Nelson sunset

So many stunning shots, it was hard to choose which ones to put up on Storybook.

It’s been an awesome day for James and Alannah and I’m sure a day they will never forget, as Alannah said “well worth every minute of planning”.

Wedding marque at sunset

This is where Daron and I sat and enjoyed a delightful meal and a cold beer – magic!

First dance in marque at Thackwood Cottage in Nelson

The dancing got started with the very talented Anthony from “Dog on a Bonnet”. Now this guy can sing and it wasn’t long before the dance floor was pumping.

Bridal party dancing

Murray and Karen hold a lot of weddings at Thackwood Cottage and they get to meet lots of wedding photographers. It was such a privilage to be part of their daughters special day.

Full moon during Nelson wedding reception

With the dancing in full swing and the moon shining out between the clouds, we said our goodbyes and headed home from yet another fantastic wedding. James and Alannah, we hope you had an amazing honeymoon in Thailand and are enjoying living back in Queenstown, can’t wait to start designing your photobook.
Best wishes
Daron and Chrissy X




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